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Ma'a Nonu cited for massive no-arms hit on Grenoble scrumhalf

I'm watching this after a few drinks, so maybe I'm going through an alcohol-induced testosterone surge or something, but to me this looks like a legitimate tackle.

Look, I'm not saying I'd enjoy wearing one of those myself, but Nonu here got quite a low body position, hit the bloke in the midriff and made a reasonable attempt to get an arm or two around the bloke. *Attempt* to grasp is all that's required.

What I'm wondering is why the scrummie didn't adopt the standard high ball claiming technique of jumping in the air with your studs pointing in the general direction of any incoming would-be tacklers.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler escapes ban for forearm strike on Wales' Rob Evans

Hardly a "forearm smash" as some people have been describing it, is it?
However, it was an unnecessary cheap shot and I'm not too happy about it.

"they found that the offence would not have warranted a red card" - is this the same as an "off-field yellow"? And is that the same as Hask got for the neck roll? If this is correct, I would say they got both of those sanctions about right.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler escapes ban for forearm strike on Wales' Rob Evans

Eddie, you are spot on. Brilliant post mate.

Dan, you've been hanging around with teachers too long....

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler will face no punishment for 'Gypsy Boy' comment

Sanity has prevailed and thank Christ for that. Talk about a storm in a tea cup. Some of the preachy nonsense people have been spewing about this has been incredibly sanctimonious.

Racist abuse? Do me a favour.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Scotland come up trumps against France at Murrayfield

That music choice is absolutely shocking.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Eddie Jones on the hateful rivalry between the English and the Welsh

For the edification of anyone not familiar with the incident to which Mr 78 is referring:
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2005/11/16/1132016820398.html

(Not for the squeamish.....)

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Dan Carter finishes off stunning length of the field Racing 92 try

Yeah, that last pass was forward by quite a large margin wasn't it!? Nevertheless, nice try.

Great to see French rugby continuing to push boundaries though - physios and waterboys joining in the handbags too now I see. :)

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - Young fullback kicks his teammate's butt

Haha! Classic!
Surprised getting kicked up the arse that hard didn't seem to hurt Serfontein more...

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi makes another two huge hits against Exeter Chiefs

To answer your question, DrG, Manu Tuilagi moved to England in 2004, aged 13. Played for Hinckley U14s, must have joined more or less on arrival. Would have had a few years of contact rugby as a boy in Samoa I guess, and I imagine that once he arrived in England at a presumably much larger size than his contemporaries, a lot of the kids he played against would have been cannon fodder.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi makes another two huge hits against Exeter Chiefs

Agree with all of that and the last paragraph is a beauty. :)

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago